15-Minute Salsa Verde Chicken with Avocado
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15-Minute Salsa Verde Chicken with Avocado — Fast, EASY, one skillet recipe!! Juicy chicken with salsa verde, lime juice, cilantro, and creamy avocado has so much Mexican-inspired FLAVOR the whole family will LOVE!! Perfect for busy weeknights and meal prepping!!
Salsa Verde Chicken with Avocado in a Skillet
There’s nothing better than an authentic-tasting Mexican meal made in one skillet that’s ready in 15 minutes. Hello busy weeknights, here’s looking at you. It’s also a fairly healthy recipe you can feel good about enjoying and serving.
The salsa verde is so fresh tasting along with fresh lime juice and cilantro to really give this chicken and avocado recipe the finishing pop of bold flavor that will keep you going back for more.
The creaminess of the avocado just melts in your mouth and was the ultimate finishing touch.
We were literally dunking tortilla chips into the skillet, scooping up all the flavors in every bite onto the chips – salsa verde, chicken, cilantro, and avocado. Delish.
What’s in the Salsa Verde Chicken Skillet?
For this healthy chicken skillet recipe, all you need is:
- Olive oil
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- Salsa verde
- Lime Juice
- Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
What Salsa Verde Should I Use?
If you want to make your own salsa verde, I would use the blender portion of my Vegan Pozole Verde. It includes tomatillos, poblanos, jalapenos, and white onion. Add a splash of vegetable or chicken stock to thin it out to salsa consistency.
In this recipe, we’re using jarred salsa verde thanks to Trader Joe’s — Herdez is also a winner — in order to save lots of time. No shame is saving time, especially when you just want to get dinner on the table.
How to Make Salsa Verde Chicken
Simply sauté chicken in olive oil and when it’s done, add salsa verde. I used a generous cup of Trader Joe’s salsa verde but you can use your favorite.
I don’t find the Trader Joe’s salsa verde I used to be spicy so the dish doesn’t read spicy at all, but it’s packed with flavor galore.
Garnish with cilantro, chunks of buttery avocado, and a spritz of lime juice.
If you want more heat and a spicier dish, add jalapeno – keep the seeds if you want even more heat — or go nuts with the crushed red pepper flakes that I also tossed on for both flavor and a pop of red color.
What Else Can I Add to the Salsa Verde Chicken?
This is a very flexible recipe and in keeping with the Mexican-themed flavor profile, I suggest using:
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
- Adding green onions into the skillet or garnishing with them.
- Sautéing a white onion or green bell peppers with the chicken.
- To sneak in extra veggies, add jicama or zucchini.
- If they’re available in your area, sauteed chayote (squash) or nopales (cactus leaves) add wonderful texture and crunch.
Can This Recipe Be Meal Prepped?
Yes! This is a great recipe for meal prepping because it makes six hearty portions that keep well in the fridge or freezer. Dinner or lunch is as easy as reheating in the microwave.
It’s always nice to have a stockpile of containers in my fridge and freezer for those days when cooking something for my ‘starving’ teenager at the drop of a hat isn’t always possible.
What to Serve with This Recipe
Serve the chicken verde skillet with rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice. Other side dishes you can serve include:
- Baked Tortilla Chips
- Grilled Corn and Bean Salad
- Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote)
- Creamy Mexican Corn and Zucchini Salad
- Mexican Wedge Salad
Tips for Making Chicken with Salsa Verde
See my suggestions in the post above for other veggies and protein sources you could add to this healthy chicken skillet recipe.
Be sure to dice the chicken into even-sized pieces so that it cooks at the same rate in the skillet.
For a spicier salsa verde chicken skillet, add a diced jalapeño or crushed red pepper flakes.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite-sized pieces
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1 cup salsa verde*, or as desired
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh cilantro finely minced, or to taste
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
- 1 medium ripe Hass avocado, diced in chunks or sliced as desired
- crushed red pepper flakes, optional and to taste
- To a large skillet, add the olive oil, chicken, evenly season with salt and pepper, and sauté over medium high heat for 7 to 8 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through; stir and flip frequently to ensure even cooking
- Add the salsa verde, stir to combine, and cook for about 1 minute, or until warmed through.
- Evenly garnish with the cilantro, lime juice, avocado, and optional red pepper flakes if you want to add some heat.
- Serve immediately. Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 707mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 48g
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